Voting and elections

Working for the Returning Officer

The Returning Officer is now recruiting for staff to work at the Local Council Elections on Thursday 3 May 2018 and at the counting of votes on Friday 4 May 2018.

What is involved?

If appointed to work at a Polling Station, staff need to be at the venue from 6am-10pm on Thursday 3 May – payment is yet to be confirmed but is likely to be around £375.00 for Presiding Officers (who have legal responsibility for the polling station and must have previous experience of working at the poll) and £265.00 for Poll Clerks. Staff will also need to attend a compulsory training session.

If appointed to work at the Count, you will probably be required to work from around 9am – 4pm – but details will be confirmed nearer the time. Payment is likely to be in the region of £150.00.

How do I apply?

An application form can be found at the bottom of this page. This will need to be completed and returned via email if possible to Hard copies can be sent to Electoral Services, Town Hall, Upper Street, London, N1 2UD.

If you work for LB Islington you will need to get your line manager to countersign your application so we know that you can be released for the day. You will not need to take a day’s leave if you are appointed to a polling station or to work at the count.

When will I hear?

Appointments will be made over the next few weeks and we will contact you if you have been appointed. As we usually receive a large number of applications we are not able to contact you if you have not been appointed. However, all those not initially appointed are automatically added to the reserve list.

If you have any questions please contact Electoral Services via

Please do not contact us to check your application has been received as this has a huge impact on our small team. If you receive our automatic email response, we have received it!

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